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Nawiliwili, United States-port

Discover the Garden Island of Hawaii at Nawiliwili Kauai, with its magnificent, diverse and extreme landscapes, from the nearly inaccessible Na’apali Coast to the wettest place on earth – the Alakai Swamp, to the colorful yet barren and beautiful Waimea Canyon. Take it all in with a helicopter tour. Then, settle into the natural beauty to enjoy the cuisine, the shopping, and the very essence of the Aloha spirit. Stroll over to Kalapaki beach for shopping. Look for the famous Nihau Shell Leis made on the island of Nihau by native Hawaiians. Enjoy the amazing locally grown tropical fruit in drinks, salads or over fresh grilled seafood in this exquisite, natural garden paradise.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Discover Kauai
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Garden & Waterfall Tour At Allerton & Mcbryde Gardens
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Heaven & Earth - Helicopter & North Shore
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Hollywood in Hawaii - Movies and Waterfalls
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Kauai Canopy Zipline
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent Choice
  • Mudbug Waterfall Off-Road Adventure
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Panoramic Kauai - Kilohana Plantation & Opaeka'a Falls
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Tubing the Ditch
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Ultimate Kauai Adventure By Helicopter
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Wailua River Cruise & Fern Grotto
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Waimea Canyon & Spouting Horn
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required

Discover Kauai

Moderate Activity/Walking Meal

Duration: 6 hours

Tour Code: NAW-009

Admire the endless beauty of Kauai by cruising through the jungle to the Fern Grotto, exploring a wildlife refuge and stopping in an idyllic bay in the shadow of lush mountains.

Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive north to a marina on the Wailua River, one of the few navigable waterways in Hawaii. Starting high atop Mount Waialeale in the center of Kauai, the river tranquilly weaves through 20 miles of thick jungle.

While cruising, you will stop at the geological wonder Fern Grotto, a lava-rock cave covered with tropical flora. Being a natural amphitheater, the grotto provides a wondrous setting and fine acoustics for the musicians who will serenade you with traditional Hawaiian tunes.

Continuing on, you will head toward Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge to see its towering lighthouse and bird sanctuary. The refuge’s ocean cliffs and grassy slopes provide a fine habitat for some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in Hawaii. Be on the look out for red-footed boobies, Laysan albatross, and wedge-tailed shearwaters.

Then, after an island picnic lunch on Anini Beach, you will be treated to a view of beautiful, crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay and its signature pier. The landmark Waioli Huiia Church stands nearby, a reminder of the missionaries who settled here in the 1830s.

Finally, you will depart the North Shore and return to Nawiliwili, but not before stopping for photos of the 150-foot Opaekaa Falls. Opaekaa means “rolling shrimp,” which were once abundant in the stream.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking that includes some uneven terrain and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those who must utilize a walker. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, weather appropriate clothing (participants should be prepared for the possibility of rain); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.